Thoughts for Thursday

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Hey hey!  I'm coming at you with a few random things today because I'm working on a FAVORITES post for tomorrow on my favorite baby items so far!

Tuesday night Dustin and I had a date night to go see Leon Bridges in concert.  We bought those tickets October 1st, so I've been waiting that long for his concert was not my favorite.  I've been to LOTS of concerts and I can say that I've seen better.  I love his music, but he didn't really connect with the crowd and he changed up every single song he sang!  That's my biggest pet peeve with live music.  I get that after singing a song a thousand times a musician would get tired, but changing every song??  No.

My mom and sister kept Harrison and when my mom sent me a picture of Harrison sleeping before his bedtime bottle, I told her to keep him awake so he would sleep that night.  Then she sent me this...
😂😂 I laughed so hard at this because I can see how tired he is haha!

 My Easter dress was a favorite and I will definitely be purchasing more items from her!  And you can't see my shoes, but they are the nude pair and on sale currently!

I'll share more about this tomorrow, but one of my favorite brands for Harrison to wear is Kissy Kissy.  I'm obsessed with their shortall outfits for boys.  Harrison has a couple at the size he's in now and he still has some to grow in to!

Harrison's First Easter

Monday, April 22, 2019

Happy Monday!!!

Yesterday was a dream--celebrating Harrison's first Easter was everything I had imagined it would be!  I loved putting together his Easter basket and dressing him up for church yesterday morning.  I just can't get over how much I love him and what he's added to our family!

 Showing Harrison his Easter basket when he woke up Sunday morning

 And lounging by it after church haha!

 Our friends snapped some family pictures for us after church service and Harrison was not feeling it haha!

 Cutest baby in the entire world

 We opened his Easter basket together 😂

And then had to take a picture in it!

Motherhood Expectations vs Reality

Thursday, April 18, 2019

I had so many thoughts about how motherhood would be before I became a mother, and I know I'm not the only woman who did that, too.  Now don't get me wrong, I absolutely LOVE being Harrison's momma.  There's nothing like looking at his sweet face and having him stare back at me or being able to calm Harrison when he's upset.  But there are some things that are different than what I expected them to be...

Expectation: Harrison would be on a schedule.
Reality:  NOPE!  I read Moms on Call a long time ago with the plan of putting whatever baby we had on a schedule.  Except Harrison was born premature and put into the NICU for 11 days on the NICU's schedule.  Then with his reflux problems and trying different formulas, there was no way I could try to get him on a schedule.  Now that's he's 7 weeks, I think we're ready to try the MOC schedule--just about 6 weeks later than I had thought haha!  He's finally going a little longer than 3 hours between feedings at night, so I think he's ready to try!

Expectation: I would have plenty of time to get done what I need to (cleaning, reading, working out, etc) since babies sleep most of the time.
Reality:  I still am not sure how it's been so tough for me to get anything accomplished???  I feel like I'm barely able to get the dishwasher loaded and unloaded every day, so there's no way I even have time to think about working out.  And sometimes I try to nap once a day when he's napping--especially if he didn't sleep much the night before.

Expectation:  Feeding would be a breeze.
Reality:  I feel enslaved to bottle feeding haha!  Harrison is such a slow eater so it takes him 30-40 minutes to drink his bottle.  Then we have to keep him on our shoulder for about 10 minutes after because of his reflux.  Then we change his diaper.  Sometimes I feel like I've spent an hour doing all of that and then he eats again 2 hours later.  This is definitely way different than I thought it would be!

If you're a mom, is there anything I left off of this list that applied to you?  I'd love to hear!

Favorites on a Tuesday!!!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Happy Tuesday!

It's so funny how I thought during my maternity leave that I would have all the time to blog and read books and watch Netflix series, and now I'm laughing at myself.  If Harrison's asleep then I'm either trying to sleep or I'm trying to keep up with laundry and washing 500 million bottles.  

I wouldn't trade my current life situation for anything though!

So without rambling further, let me share my FAVORITES with you!

I love wearing lipstick.  I can be having a bad day and pick up a new tube of lipstick and forget all my troubles for a while.  It may sound shallow but it makes me happy!  I recently went to the Mac counter at Belk and asked for a pink lipstick that I could wear every day that would also look good with my skin tone.  The girl pulled a tube from the "frosty" section and I immediately flashed back to junior high make up.  But I trusted her and bought it--and it's been a spring favorite!  It does NOT go on frosted and the color lasts!  The color is called Fabby.

 One of my friends (and coworker) had a baby boy three weeks before Harrison was born and we've been on maternity leave at the same time.  We've been able to meet for lunch a few times and it's been so fun pretending to be a stay at home mom together haha!!!  Last week was her last week off before going back to school so we met for lunch and I had to snap this of these future besties.  They will be at the same preschool when Harrison starts in August!

 And another Harrison picture BECAUSE I AM SO OBSESSED.  Isn't he the most perfect baby?!  I kiss him so much and I know if he could talk he would tell me it's enough haha!

Sunday was the conclusion of all of Harrison's baby showers with a Sip and See at my house.  (I chose not to do showers before because I was scared of a failed adoption--and now I'm glad I waited.)  We had the best time and Harrison slept the entire time just like that haha!  I will do a post on the Sip and See (hopefully) tomorrow because it was so cute!  And you can find my dress here!  Harrison is wearing Auraluz.

Simple Joys no. 1

Monday, April 8, 2019

One of my very favorite podcasts to listen to, Journeywomen, always ends with Hunter the host asking her guest to list three simple joys.  I love it because it gives you a neat way to get to know the guest and learn what brings her joy. 

So today I want to share a few of my simple joys with y'all!

-a hot shower

-laying in bed watching tv while it rains

-reading a good book

-a freshly bathed baby

What are some of your simple joys?

Friday Faves!

Friday, April 5, 2019

Happy Friday!!!  Dustin is off of work this weekend so we plan on packing it full of family time!

Today I'm sharing all of my FAVORITES from this week with y'all!


I hate to put this above Harrison, BUT Harry and Meghan have their own Instagram and are posting pictures the public have not seen before.  I love this one of Harry and Meghan in Africa putting a tracker on an elephant.  If you haven't followed them yet, follow them at @sussexroyal


Every blogger I know is doing the Faster Way to Fat Loss (FWTFL) program and it's actually a program that works!  I had signed up to start round 1 on March 4, but then Harrison surprised us all so my coach was gracious enough to let me start the next round.  So I'm starting April 15 and I'm excited.  I know two friends from college who are doing it and both have had major success and have said it's super easy.  That's what I'm looking forward to, so be on the lookout for FWTFL mentions after I get started!  Email me if you're interested in learning more or knowing who my coach is!  (

 I had my first baby shower last Sunday with all of my teacher and book club friends!  My friend Hailey hosted at her home and it was such a beautiful shower!  The cake matched the invitation and the only thing not pictured on the table is the iced sugar cookies that a coworker made and were absolutely gorgeous and tasty!

 Harrison got so many great things!!!

 This is the beautiful hostess!!  We both teach seventh grade English together and I don't know what I would do without her!  We graduated high school together but now that we actually work and teach together, we have become best friends--it's nice to work with someone you love!  And she reads my blog, so Hey Hailey!!!

Pictures of Harrison because he is my ultimate FAVORITE!  I can't get over how beautiful he is and the fact that he is such a good baby!
 He loves to sleep with his arms up.

 Those eyes 

 I had just finished feeding him and we were staring at each other.  I love it when he just looks at me!

I'm starting to transition him into newborn clothes.  I love these jammies because they are so soft, but they are still too big on him haha!!  The preemie clothes have gotten a little small and newborn is still too big.

-Want an eye cream that will actually work and not break the bank?  I've gone through two containers of this eye cream and am about to order my third.  It brightens, hydrates, and doesn't cost an arm and a leg!

-I realized I've never mentioned this hair product that I use.  I get LOTS of comments about my hair, and it's so funny because my hair is colored and naturally thick and coarse.  But I do a lot to take care of my hair and it's the healthiest it's ever been.  On days that I wash my hair, I put this oil on towel dried hair on the ends of my hair to halfway up.  On days that I don't wash my hair, I put this oil on the bottom half of my hair either after I straighten it or curl it.  It doesn't weigh your hair down either!

Have a great weekend!!!!

Our First Family Pictures

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Yesterday I shared some of the newborn pictures my sister took of Harrison when he was two weeks.  She also took family pictures for us while we were in San Antonio.

Our hotel was right on the Riverwalk and it was the perfect location for these pictures!  If you ever visit SA, I highly recommend visiting the Riverwalk because it was the most beautiful feature that city had!

The only thing I don't like about these pictures is the dress I have on.  It doesn't photograph well because it's so loose on me that I feel like it makes me look like I just gave birth to Harrison ha!  I'm really proud that I even packed a dress because we packed in such a hurry, but I really wish I would have packed something that was form-fitting so I wouldn't look so huge. 🙈

Again, there are SO MANY that I'm only choosing to share a few!

Harrison's Newborn Pictures

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Today is Harrison's due date!  He is officially 5 weeks old today, but he decided to make his arrival 5 weeks early and surprise us all!

Harrison spent 11 days in the NICU and after he was discharged, we all made our way to San Antonio to wait for clearance to fly home.  In the meantime, my sister and dad drove to San Antonio to meet Harrison!!!  My sister is a photographer (check out her website!!!), so she took Harrison's newborn photos when he was 2 weeks old.

I had fed Harrison before changing him into his white outfit, but he was not having it haha!!  Rachel took a few photos and then we took a break.  He eventually fell asleep and then those are some of my FAVORITES!!!  She took a couple hundred pictures and it's impossible to choose which ones I love, so here are just a few!!

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